I love this movie! This is like the third Netflix gamble in a row that’s paid off for me. I’m on a roll.
This movie was based on a biography written by Peter Marshall’s wife, which is why her character is a sort of narrator in this film.
It stars Richard Todd and Jean Peters. I’ve never seen Jean in anything else, but Richard Todd starred in a lesser-known Disney production of Robin Hood in the early ‘50s, and before that he was in an old Alfred Hitchcock thriller called Stage Fright.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: This movie is like the government of the United States. It’s powerful, but really, really slow. And when it can’t get along with itself it will just shut down until the clowns who were supposed to keep it running remember that honesty and compromise are what gave it life in the first place. (Oops. Got carried away.)
My church just had General Conference last week, where Latter-day Saints gather to hear 10 hours of sermons in one weekend. And it was at a conference just like this one in 1955 that Church President David O. McKay invited all stake presidents and bishops of the Church to a special preview of this very same movie.
Why would the leader of one church invite others to listen to the sermons of another church?
Because truth abideth forever. It is eternal. There is no religion or organization that owns or has a monopoly on truth. It can be found anywhere where two or three good people are gathered in God’s name.
The sermons you’ll hear in A Man Called Peter (taken from Peter Marshall’s actual sermons) were not meant solely for one church or one denomination. These sermons teach powerful truths. And truth is for everybody.
Here are just a few quotes of truth I loved in this movie:
- “When God slams a door in your face, it is so He may guide you to the one through which He wants you to pass.”
- “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
- “What is death? Is it to be blown out like a candle in the wind? Is it a shivering void in which there is nothing that lives? Is it a cold space into which we are launched to be evaporated or to disappear? Are we to believe that a half-mad eternal humorist tossed the worlds aloft and left their destiny to chance? That a man’s life is the development of a nameless vagrancy? That a hole in the ground six feet deep is his final heritage? There are a thousand insane things easier to believe than these. How can we believe that human personality will not survive when one who went into the grave and beyond came back to say, ‘Whosoever believeth in me shall not perish but have eternal life.’”
So how will we recognize truths like these when we hear them? The Holy Spirit will tell us through the feelings and fruits of the Spirit. And as we live according to the truths confirmed to us by the Holy Ghost, God will send us more and more truth and gradually our eyes will be opened and not only will we be able see Him as He is, but we will have become more like Him.
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.” – Proverbs 3:3